So, the utter tool Damian McBride has decided to avoid the litigation risk of testing his disgraceful Guido Fawkes / Paul Staines alike smearologist behaviour in the libel court and has paid an undisclosed sum (£1,000 we're told) to Ms Nadine Dorries MP, report sSky News.
Rather as Murdoch's The Sun has joined The Mail in settling undisclosed damages on Tom Watson MP after a cartoonist and two leading reporters repeated libels being made willy nilly by inter alia
Paul Staines, Iain Dale and Nadine Dorries herself, and inter alia live on Sky News and BBC News Channel, as Sky News doesn't report at all right here.
In fact Sky's sister act The Sun possibly isn't even going to report their own apology, which occurred yesterday. But The Sun lawyers' PDF grovel and news of substantial damages (£25,000 we're told) PDF is HERE. Well done Carter Ruck!
Nadine says the first hurdle in clearing her name is down. My response to SkyNews follows, they may even publish it. But just in case they don't it is right here. Basically a summary in 1000 chars of yesterday's exclusive:
Isn't the idea of hurdles that one "clears" them not knocks them down? Ms Dorries is a nightmare. She put her own name out. But clearly Ms Dorries - whose "main home" arrangements are also dubious according to the Telegraph - has shown that Mr McBride could not prove his nonsense about Ms Dorries.
Her daughter Jennifer is telling people an absolutely ridiculous figure for her parliamentary wages from mum. Probably twice the going rate. Twice what Conway was paying IIRC. Her big sister Philippa is the one listed in the RMI Part 2 for 2-9 and also 14-10 though she is believed to be in Australia.
But Jennifer - mentioned in HoC on 06-07-09 as hopeless unemployed graduate is now being paid sackfuls of taxpayer money for a job she says herself she has little clue about performing. And little experience. And no interview or selection process. That's the scandal. By employing two of her kids who have little skills, knowledge or experience Ms Dorries is now screwing the taxpayer.
Respectively 2% of a daughter-wage and 50% of a daughter-wage. Based on assertions from said daughter. And reports.
The last word was "taxpayer" by the way, not some unfortunately redacted individual. In answer to Peter Grimes' question for Tim I suppose it is possible that Mr Watson does have more legals up his sleeve. He has won substantial damages, full legal costs and a groveling apology from both The Mail and your sister act The Sun. That latter win was YESTERDAY in open court. Seems to me that as this was related to the same case it might be good to see Sky News also carrying that? Or is it a case of bashing Labour? And not referring to one's own team's libels. Those stories of course came - as I suspect Tim may have pointed out - from sources close to the Con party.